Every cloud has a Silvia lining

Having taken a break from rally driving for the sake of our bank balance, we hatched a plan to build something interesting and a bit different that we could also enter in some cheaper forms of motorsport. Candidates for our project included; VW caddy pickup, 4wd Lupo turbo, Mk2 Golf,

Trail blazing on a budget bike

Sub £1000 doesn’t get you a lot in the second-hand off road bike market, especially in the 125cc bracket. We got hold of this slightly ropey Honda XLR 125. With over 25k miles on the clock this 125 is a bit over used. But once you factor in the era

Pug Life (Update)

It’s been almost a year since we did any work on the old 205 so we thought we would drag it out again and try and make some progress. Other than being used as a parcel storage unit by the postman not much has changed since we got it running

Daytona security Evo sports GTX Gore-Tex

(Equivalent in current products is Daytona Voltex GTX £749.99) 5 years of high mileage, heavy use come rain, shine or snow and these boots stayed water tight, comfortable and protective. I’ve used them on the daily commute, trackdays and even on the occasional Byway, off road excursion when I should

The Dogs of Drift

The last time we decided rallying was too expensive we went away to buy a fun car for use on the road and track. Unfortunately money was tied up in two wheel toys, so armed with a £1000 budget we wanted moderate power, rear wheel drive and readily available spares.

Third Time Lucky

The first two outings in the Polo rally car proved to be a tremendous failure. Despite the car performing perfectly on the road, the minute it got near a rally stage it seemed to get nervous and fall apart. Nicky Grist Stages in 2016 saw us drop out on special

Between the devil and the deep blue Clio

We would never give up an opportunity to drive a car we’ve never driven before. Even if it is French. So when a friend sold his GT86 to buy a 2002 Renault Sport Clio 172 (and a farm in Wales) we were intrigued.   Everyone loves a hot hatch. What’s

Things every Petrol Head can relate to…

Research shows that car people have a few things in common, and no it’s not just their dislike of the Prius. 1.  Your neighbours ask if you’re a mechanic.  Nope. I just spend my time lying underneath my car in a puddle on my driveway because I love it. 2.

Less hot hatch, more like tepid trash.

Rallying was back in the plan. I sold my Supra, sold my Impreza and spent hours researching what car to rally. Previously I’d had success in a Peugeot 205 1.4, but that specific rally class was dead and gone. The 1.6 GTi version is still a popular choice in the

Retro Rides Gathering 2017

Enticed out of bed by the prospect of wheelspins, patina and the smell of uncatylised fuel on a sunny, August, Sunday morning we headed on down to Shelsley Walsh, home of the hill climb. We had met up with friends the evening before for the infamous “Tat Auction” ahead of

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